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CPS given cricket fixing evidence

A second file of evidence on claims that Pakistan cricketers accepted cash bribes to fix matches has been passed to prosecutors.

Scotland Yard said evidence that there was a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers will be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Detectives interviewed four players under caution and arrested businessman Mazhar Majeed as part of the inquiry. Majeed is accused of accepting £150,000 to fix the actions of several players during a Test at Lord's.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said on Friday that the police inquiry continued.

He said: "The Metropolitan Police has today delivered a second file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in connection with the investigation of alleged offences in relation to the fourth Test at Lord's Cricket Ground on 26 August. The file will now be subject to CPS consideration."

The reputation of the sport was engulfed in controversy over claims of corruption after allegations surfaced in the News of the World newspaper.

Majeed is accused of accepting cash to ask players to deliberately bowl no-balls during their tour of England. Captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Wahab Riaz have all been interviewed under caution.

Butt, Asif and Aamer have been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board but deny any wrongdoing. Riaz has not been suspended.

The ICC's code of conduct commission rejected appeals by Butt and Aamer against their suspensions last Sunday. The next stage will be a hearing by the anti-corruption tribunal into details of the fixing case. Asif had withdrawn his appeal.


From Belfast Telegraph